“Every once in a while a band comes along that knocks me back on my heels. Well Tellico just did that for me. ”
— -Ronnie Norton, WSM Route 650 (Nashville)
With vivid original storytelling, vibrant musicianship and arresting honesty, Asheville, NC’s Tellico explores the beauty of songcraft through the lens of the Appalachian stringband tradition. Their sophomore effort Woven Waters (produced by John Doyle, out on Organic Records) was released in November 2018, charting No. 1 song and artist and No. 2 album during its first month at folk radio.
Tellico’s members are well-schooled in bluegrass with an unbridled, organic “Appalachia-cana” sound. The band features the singing and songwriting of Anya Hinkle (guitar, fiddle) and Stig Stiglets (bass, harmonica), and Aaron Ballance on dobro and lap steel and Jed Willis on mandolin and clawhammer banjo. Hinkle’s song “Ballad of Zona Abston” from their current album was won 3rd place honors in the 2019 Hazel Dickens Song Contest.
“Tellico puts their ‘Appalachiacana’ sound to work showcasing some of what western North Carolina is known for...”
--The Bluegrass Situation
“Woven Waters is a far-ranging album that intertwines the political and the personal… Tellico reminds us to slow down and truly absorb our experiences. We cannot abandon our own humanity, even when others try to grind it out of us.
--Rachel Cholst, No Depression
“There isn’t a misstep on the Woven Waters.”
--Tony Ives, Americana Music Show
--Jim Hynes, Country Standard Time
Band website: www.tellicoband.com
“West of the Cumberlands”: https://youtu.be/iPXfyc2cmhM;
“Can't go home again”: https://youtu.be/zE9aQ4VBERI;
“Ballad of Zona Abston” https://youtu.be/jkd3cbUS8ew;
“Ever What They Say”: https://youtu.be/i4LMRiid8Y8
“Forsaken Winds”: https://youtu.be/uEldxUue7G8
“$40 Chain”: https://youtu.be/tRERtefg3rc